Thanksgiving Is My 
Favorite Holiday

Those who know me well might think that the fact I like to eat and cook and enjoy a traditional roast turkey dinner (I’ll prepare it several times a year) is why I like Thanksgiving the best of all holidays. While this culinary preference might play a small role in my choice, the fact is I think it is very…

Making Friends at the 5th Annual Armenian Family Picnic

Each year, some 130 Armenian families of Malibu gather on the beach for an annual picnic to meet and greet and enjoy an Armenian feast, dancing and laughing. “Bringing everybody together to meet and make friends is so much fun!” says host 
Ani Dermenjian of Coldwell Banker, Malibu Colony.

November 2017 Around Town

"Living in the Palisades" is this year’s theme of the 32nd Holiday Home Tour and Boutique on Sunday, November 12. This special community event hosted by the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club features three area homes beautifully decorated for the holidays, including the historic Villa Leon, aka the Castle by the Sea. Proceeds benefit the PPWC Community Grants program. Groups of…

Community Gathering to Salute Veterans

This month, on November 11, local veterans will be recognized and honored for their service to our country at the annual Malibu Chamber of Commerce Veterans Day Ceremony, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spearheaded 18 years ago by then-Chamber President Ani Dermenjian, the Veterans Day event provides an opportunity for the community to thank and honor area veterans of…

Surfing Sparks Sea Change 
for Special-Needs Kids

A Walk On Water provides children with special needs the chance to do exactly that—walk on water.

Witches, Giants & Mermaids Make a Splash in Pepperdine’s “Big Fish”

“Big Fish, 12 Chair Version,” Pepperdine University’s latest musical production, opens November 9 for a seven-show run through November 18. A musical production for the whole family, “Big Fish” brings to life the fantastical stories of traveling salesman Edward Bloom, who lives life to its fullest. As Edward’s larger-than-life stories delight everyone, especially his devoted wife Sandra, son Will, embarking…

Financial Fitness: A Guide to Retirement Readiness

The common thread among the quotes from 6th century BC philosopher Lao-Tzu and modern-day Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s reminds us that achieving what we set out to becomes possible when we first imagine and then approach it with small, manageable and attainable accomplishments. Loosely translated, the goals you have in mind are indeed quite possible.

For the Love of Wine: Santa Ynez Valley Vintners Score Points with World-Class Wines

Our area’s many benefits include its proximity to Santa Barbara County, some 90 minutes away. Those who enjoy excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah will find the Santa Ynez Valley to be a world-class wine aficionado destination. In fact, the Pinots from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA are so distinctive, you know where they come from the moment you taste…

Farm-to-Table Treasures Serve Up Gourmet Garden-Fresh Gems

Numerous local farms delight in sharing their bounties through farm-to-table efforts throughout Malibu, Pacific Palisades and surrounding areas. These sustainable endeavors share common ideals, such as serving dishes made with organic produce grown by farmers in their own backyards. Many pride themselves on sourcing their ingredients from local ranchers and fishermen who practice sustainable agriculture.

Pacific Jewelry Watch Appraisers & Buyers Combine Expertise, Ethics & Exceptional Customer Service

Paul Shikhvarger turned his love for watches and jewelry into an enjoyable and thriving business. As the owner of Pacific Jewelry Watch Appraisers & Buyers in Pacific Palisades, Paul has assisted a multitude of clients since 2001, performing appraisals for those who would like to learn the value of their jewelry or who need appraisals done for insurance and/or estates.…